We appreciate y’all sticking with our slow-as-molasses progress this year! The entire 40-page issue has been inked and mostly lettered already so now it’s all up to my slow butt to crank out the coloring and get us over the finish line. Next issue I’m paying for a colorist! Bah!
But on the upswing, we have both Issues 1 and 2 available now via comiXology for a mere 99 cents, which means you can enjoy the story in glorious GUIDED VIEW. I don’t know why, but I almost prefer reading our book that way. Perhaps its because I took a more cinematic approach to the material… or possibly just getting a fresh perspective on something I’ve worked so closely on has me excited. Either way, it’s worth checking out for only a buck apiece!
But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself…
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And here we come to a brief pause in the action-packed third issue. It’s also my least favorite page, admittedly looking a LOT better once colored…
Lately I’ve been taking a break from coloring in order to work on inking the back end of the issue. And just to give y’all a little reward for your patience, here is a preview of my favorite new panel…
I used to do a LOT of hatching in my ink drawing, but the more I experimented with ink brushwork the less pen I would use in my drawing. Well, something in me has been yearning to add more pen in my artwork lately (possibly my recent appreciation for Masimune Shirow’s manga work on Ghost In The Shell) and I didn’t want to compromise the look we’ve already established for BoV. But then I remembered this nice, little scene with Madge and Inspector McCoy having a spat during a rainstorm… The end result is a pleasure to look at, at least for my eyes. What do you think?
What? As if you didn’t smirk after reading that punchline! This was yet another of those key moments really early on that Andy and myself conceived of and were determined to keep in the story. So much so that we’ve always referred to this guy as “Prick”. Doesn’t have another name. Doesn’t need one… YET. I actually did some interested designs for him, as far as what we might see UNDER the outfit…
He was definitely one of the more interesting characters of The Rebirth. Too bad he had such a small amount of page-time!
During our attempts at getting Birth of Venus picked up by a publisher at the San Diego Comic Con, we were told by a nameless D-bag that our comic would NEVER sell because it simply wasn’t sexy enough. Our initial cover (see below) brought Mara’s (upcoming) baby bump front and center and, as Mr. D-Bag explained, this was no good because nobody is going to want a piece of that.
He then explained how his tactic has brought him great success on his book (which, to keep him anonymous, we will just call) “Team Awesome”, which was basically a Charlie’s Angels/Fox Force Five/Danger Girl rip-off. The secret, he explained, was all subliminal as the title itself was suggesting some good ‘ol T & A. (T = Team, A = Awesome. Get it?)
After this delightful conversation with Mr. D-Bag, we took another look at our comic through his (and several different publisher’s) eyes and decided to make some alterations to our first issue. We realized that the cover DID need to go, but not because it wasn’t hot enough, just perhaps not as accessible to a broader range of readers.
Another personal reaction I had to this conversation was to try and defy that sentiment that a pregnant woman can’t be sexy. I for one have seen the glow of an expectant mother and there is nothing quite so beautiful, for several different reasons. My goal was to make Mara as “conservatively sexy” as possible throughout the entirety of our story without getting into overt T & A territory. What that means is that I don’t mind showing a flash of panties or exposed cleavage, but only when fitting to the moment within the story. (I would say “only when necessary” but when is a peak at a gal’s derriere TRULY needed for story?) The style of cheesecake art, or Good Girl Art, that I find most appealing are when the outfits and setting themselves don’t necessarily play as sexy, but the female depicted (usually by accidental circumstances) flashes more than she ever intended to. Hopefully you will find my conservative sexiness in BoV most like that, playing it for laughs (like in Panel 4 here) but also showing the reality of that situation carried to it’s logical conclusion…
Or perhaps I’m just as delusional as Mr. D-Bag. You decide.
Greetings! Thanks for climbing back in the HOT SEAT here with us at BoV as Mara decides that she has no choice but to swing into full-on hero mode since the Rebirth is now rampaging the streets of Vanguard. This page is short and sweet but full of FIRE! FIRE!
*NOTE: Our little flame manipulating character there doesn’t really have a name. We’ve called him Meltdown, Hot-Box and several other names that just never quite stuck, but since it doesn’t ever get mentioned we’ll just keep calling him “Fire Dude”. Of course, we are open to suggestions and we will officially name him if one of you lucky readers can come up with a fairly good one. The challenge is up to you…